School may have begun months ago, but Monday, Oct. 26 was the first day some students were actually able to physically be on school campuses across the Galt Joint Union High School District.

Starting with small cohorts, students were welcomed on to campus to attend classes that required “hands on” experience to complete the course.

Galt High School hosted 35 students Monday and Tuesday in the Ag Power Mechanics classes. Two teachers each have a class, which are split in half to attend once a week.

Liberty Ranch High School hosted 30 students on Monday and approximately 12 students Tuesday. Tuesday’s class was Ag welding taught by Mark Feuerbach. Feuerbach also teaches additional classes during the week. Special Education students’ turn on campus will be today, Wednesday.

Estrellita High School had 20 students on campus on Monday. Estrellita students were split into smaller cohorts to receive guidance from their teachers.

“We had some students on all three of our campuses today (Monday), and it went very well,” Director of Educational Services Sean Duncan said. “The students and teachers were very excited to be on campus and were very careful to abide by the safety protocols.”

Students were clad in masks and safely spaced apart to abide by COVID safety protocols in each of their classes. Temperatures were checked before entering the buildings and students were asked COVID exposure and symptom questions as well.

Overall, students were happy to be back on campus according to campus officials.

Galt High School Assistant Principal Alan Posey said nearly all students who were contacted with the opportunity to return to in-person instruction jumped at the opportunity. Posey said only a couple of students declined the invite due to close proximity to a loved one that may be at high risk for contracting the virus.